Re­mains of for­mer NOPPO of icial ar­rive in Ba­colod City

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The re­mains of for­mer Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (NOPPO) mem­ber, Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent San­ti­ago Rapiz, ar­rived in Ba­colod City yes­ter­day and are now in­terred at the Rolling Hills Me­mo­rial Chapels in Barangay Man­dala­gan.

Based on in­for­ma­tion ob­tained by mem­bers of lo­cal me­dia, Rapiz’ re­mains ar­rived from Dipolog City around 2:30 a.m. and were im­me­di­ately brought to the me­mo­rial chapel by fam­ily.

Rapiz left be­hind three chil­dren, two of whom are cur­rently ac­tive in the po­lice force. The fam­ily has yet to make an of­fi­cial state­ment.

Sev­eral po­lice of­fi­cers, most of whom pre­vi­ously served with Rapiz, also paid their re­spects.

Last Mon­day, Rapiz was killed by mem­bers of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­liceCounter In­tel­li­gence Task Force and Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency dur­ing a buy­bust op­er­a­tion, where the law en­force­ment of­fi­cial al­legedly fought back af­ter he found out he was trans­act­ing with an un­der­cover cop.

Po­lice re­cov­ered sev­eral sa­chets of sus­pected

shabu, weigh­ing around 25 grams; and a .45 cal­iber pis­tol.

The for­mer NOPPO of­fi­cial, who pre­vi­ously served as po­lice chief for Es­calante City and Vic­to­rias City, along with formerly head­ing the NOPPO Po­lice Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions of­fice, was trans­ferred to Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-9 in 2016 af­ter

be­ing named by

Sere­nio.

The New Peo­ple’s Army, mean­while came to the slain of­fi­cer’s de­fense, say­ing, he does not have a crim­i­nal record in Ne­gros and was not in­volved in the sale or use of il­le­gal drugs.

The rebels claimed Rapiz only be­came part of the 13,000 vic­tims of ‘Oplan: Tokhang’ un­der Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s regime./

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